RED ENSIGN FLAG RAISED IN RUTLAND

On Friday morning, 3rd September, the red Ensign flag was raised in the grounds of Oakham Castle. The flag was raised to mark Merchant Navy Day. The Merchant Navy is the collective term for commercial shipping including vessels from cruise ships, tankers and cargo ships of all description. During World War Two merchant seamen crewed Merchant ships keeping the United Kingdom supplied with raw materials. They also kept us supplies supplied with arms, ammunition, fuel,and food. Thanks to the Merchant

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BANDSTAND CONCERT IN CUTTS CLOSE

Bank Holiday weekend in Oakham saw hundreds of visitors to Cutts Close. They were there to enjoy the bandstand concert. An afternoon of music, picnics, ice creams, coffee and drinks. Visitors to the park were treated to some excellent music from bands such as Freudian Slippers. A four piece band playing pop and rock covers from the last 50 years. Songs that everyone knows but other bands don’t play. Based in Oakham in Rutland. The festival was organised by the

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BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY

The Annual BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY is taking place on September 8th. The ceremony will be performed by THE BRITISH ARMY BAND CATTERICK. Beating Retreat marks a centuries old tradition. When the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and retreated from the battlefield and returned to their camps at sunset at the sound of Retreat. Colours and Standards and Flags lowered. The BRITISH ARMY BAND will BEAT RETREAT at 6.30pm in the Oakham Market Place. Admission is free and there will

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SOUR GRAPES FROM ANDY BURTON

Andy Burton who came second in the two horse race in the 19th August by-election is now beginning to show his true colours. His opponent, Paul Browne, won this by-election by 886 to 420 votes. He is now elected ward councillor for Oakham South along with Cllr Ian Razzell and Councillor Joanna Burrows. The defeated candidate quickly tried to blame Paul Browne’s success using his campaign of focussing on housing and planning issues. Burton also criticised his opponent of running

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OUR CORROSIVE COUNCIL

Why oh why does Rutland have such a corrosive county council? What have the residents of our beautiful county done to deserve it? I use the word corrosive because that is exactly how I see it. Corrosive doesn’t just mean rusted. No, corrosive is an adjective meaning abrasive, caustic, stinging, destructive, damaging and harmful. The make up of the Rutland County Council is Conservatives 55.5%, Independents 33.4%, Liberal Democrats 11.1%, Labour 0%. From these figures the Conservatives are obviously in

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Whitwell Councillor’s Planning Application Refused

On the 19th March, 2021, the planning application for a three bedroom earth-sheltered dwelling, Whitwell, was refused. The refusal was a delegated decision. A delegated decision is made by planning officers who determine applications themselves without the need of a decision from the planning committee. The planning application was made by Councillor June Fox against the wishes of the majority of the residents of Whitwell. A lot of the residents are going to be very happy at the decision. She

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Yellow Weather Warning

A Yellow weather warning has been issued for the Rutland area by the Met office. According to the Met office there will be snow and ice throughout Saturday and Sunday. The cold conditions will continue into the following week. There is a small chance of disruptions such as travel delays, power cuts, cycle paths and pavements being untreated. January this year has been the UK’s coldest month for ten years. However there could be even more cold and wintery weather

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Thanks everyone at the Rutland Covid vaccination centre

Yesterday afternoon I was given my Covid jab. I can only say thanks everyone at the Rutland Covid vaccination centre for the way I was looked after. The volunteers, doctors, nurses and everyone else involved in keeping us safe. They were absolutely marvellous. I arrived at the Rutland County Council offices at 4.00pm. Because my appointment was scheduled for 4.30pm I expected to have to wait half an hour. Not so-I was greeted by a couple of volunteers who checked

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Councillor Gordon Brown steps down from Cabinet

Date Published: 26 January 2021 On Monday 25th Councillor Gordon Brown announced he was to step down from Rutland County Council Cabinet due to health issues. Councillor Brown joined Cabinet in 2017 and held the role of Portfolio Holder for Planning and Finance. He will however remain as a councillor representing the Ketton Ward.The councillors replacing him will be announced in due course. The Leader of Rutland County Council, Councillor Oliver Hemsley said “It is with regret that Cllr Brown has

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Residents are asked to share their views on the Draft Budget

Rutland residents are asked to share their views on the Draft Budget. A consultation has been launched by Rutland County Council on its latest draft budget.The draft budget contains spending plans and Council Tax proposals for the year 2021/2022. At the beginning of every year the Council publishes its draft budget explaining how much money is required to finance local services and where it will come from. Demand and spending on key services continue to rise. During this time Rutland

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